Fort Minor
The Rising Tied


2.0
poor

Review

by battleinthenorth USER (30 Reviews)
November 11th, 2013 | 20 replies | 580 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boring, dull, uninspired, the only solo rap album to date from Mike Shinoda is a sad case of potential squandered on a waste of time.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Following the release of two captivating albums, American nu-metal/rock act Linkin Park has steadily gone down hill, but one of their two vocalists has at least taken a shot at redeeming himself. Mike Shinoda, under the name of Fort Minor, released his debut studio album The Rising Tied, with the intention of showcasing his rap abilities outside of the heavier band he is most often associated, and this release was met with positive reviews and a fair amount of attention. Unfortunately, whereas this was once a fun album that provided a break for Linkin Park fans frustrated with the rapid decline of the band, this album definitely does not hold up very well.

Released in 2005, The Rising Tied is sixteen tracks long and in that time it has very little merit to it whatsoever. For the most part, this is a generic and uninspired release flooded with dull lyricism and an influx of inappropriate guest appearances who do nothing whatsoever to improve their respective songs. Despite these negative words, the album actually opens with one of its strongest numbers. Preceded by a brief introductory track, Remember The Name kicks things off with a violin in the introduction before breezing through numerous tightly written verses and some of the best guest work on the album. Mike Shinoda's lyrics are as well crafted as can be found on this album, and the chorus is an infectious one which you may find yourself occasionally speaking out loud as it is possibly the only one worth replaying.

From here on out, this album is almost nothing but a cesspit of trash dragged straight from the bowels of the deepest and murkiest swamp imaginable. Whereas Mike's rapped verses used to be interesting on Linkin Park albums, he fails to make an impact on each of these tracks. Right Now has some of the most stereotypical rap flows out there with weak lines that feel as though Mike just jotted out anything he could in the space of five minutes before recording, and the piano piece feels straight out of his band's more mellow tracks such as In The End. High Road is another track that falls victim to feeling repetitive and unenjoyable, with some badly written lyrics, although at least the instrumental serves as a memorable aspect. Aside from this, Kenji is the only other remotely decent work on this album, and even this track doesn't really stick out among the influx of rap music out there.

Sadly, Fort Minor's only release to date fails to show off what made Mike so interesting on Linkin Park albums, with freshman lyricism and uninspired beats. The repetition throughout this album is its main killer, as well as the fact that Shinoda really is not a great story-teller. Sorry, Mike fans, stick to Linkin Park's early works.



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Decay
November 11th 2013



685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol good review but this ain't a 2

trainofconsequence
November 11th 2013



1422 Comments


Remember The Name m/

toxin.
November 11th 2013



11984 Comments


remember the name was my fav song when i was 12
never forget

Green Baron
November 11th 2013



17635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

10% dis and 50% dat

Digging: Rise Against - The Black Market

amanwithahammer
November 11th 2013



394 Comments


Did ya really have to go and do this

Gwyn.
November 11th 2013



14854 Comments


still can't get over how Common and dudes from The Roots are here lol

Digging: Buzzov-en - Sore

toxin.
November 11th 2013



11984 Comments


swee avy

Gwyn.
November 11th 2013



14854 Comments


same


and hey you're alive what's up

toxin.
November 12th 2013



11984 Comments


nm dude i've been pretty active this weekend, but mainly posting in anberlin threads and such

hbu, still active on sputnik? whoa you're gonna catch me in comments soon

Gwyn.
November 12th 2013



14854 Comments


life's been pretty busy in the last few weeks so I don't post as much as I normally do but still come over to the site to dig up music, esp. hip hop which I've been digging like crazy lately

prolly would've catched up before if i had been posting normally lol


toxin.
November 12th 2013



11984 Comments


ah sweet sweet
wait are you in college?
'cause it's like midterm/project season which is why i've only been able to post on weekend when i actually have some time haha

Gwyn.
November 12th 2013



14854 Comments


Ye I'm in college, but college works differently in here than where you are, or at least that's what
I'm assuming

we're not really doing projects and stuff not yet at least, just a a few more tests. mostly what's
been holding is stuff in my regular life: grandmother is on hospital (though she'll be fine
thankfully), helping my grandfather with stuff, taking a few separated classes apart from college to
be able to handle more languages, etc

I got more free time than you probably assume but when i'm done with that stuff most of the time i'm
just way too tired to spend time here commenting, haha

joshieboy12345
November 12th 2013



5369 Comments


So many people dug Remember The Name.

Digging: Rise Against - The Black Market

Gwyn.
November 12th 2013



14854 Comments


Every so often I see some photoshopped giftset using lyrics from it on tumblr


Drummerboy123
November 12th 2013



2310 Comments


Right Now

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Decay
November 13th 2013



685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why is everybody so petrified?

PunchforPunch
November 13th 2013



5844 Comments


off minor >

Digging: Horna / Behexen - Split

joshieboy12345
November 14th 2013



5369 Comments


Better than Linkin's past few albums.

gnrcdstrtdpwrchrd
November 14th 2013



91 Comments


damn, I was just planning to do a review of this. maybe I will anyway.

Cadda
November 16th 2013



162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey come on now, I love this album



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